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3D printed mud houses will soon be an option in impoverished countries

A 3D printer company has created a printer designed specifically to build homes in impoverished countries using readily available materials like mud and wool. (Video: Make:)

In the future, cheap housing could be 3D printed in a matter of hours -- using readily available materials, such as mud and wool.

MAKE Magazine reports that WASP, a 3D printer company based in Italy, has created a printer designed specifically to churn out sturdy, versatile dwellings.

The structure isn't completed in the video above, but you can get the idea -- the machine (which can easily be moved and reassembled on location) pipes out special mud like frosting, layering squirts of it into a reinforced structure. When that structure dries, it forms a sturdy home.

The company's name stands for World Advanced Saving Project, but their house-building process actually reminds me a bit of an actual wasp: Those insects chew wood pulp and spit it out to form the hardening walls of their cell-filled hives.

MAKE reports that the company  has no set plans for the time and place of its first futuristic mud hut, but is considering Sardinia. The creators hope to build the first WASP house next year.